It’s official. The Rams are leaving Saint Louis. Residents might have disagreed over whether to spend public money on a stadium to keep them here, but no one wanted the region to lose an NFL team.
In stimulating tourism, trade, and economic growth, the Roman Coliseum may be the world’s only sports stadium that has repaid the cost of its construction more than a thousand-fold, or even a million-fold.
Missouri has some breathtaking scenery. Whether it’s the Gateway Arch or the Missouri River Bluffs or the cotton farms in boot heel, the state is dressed to impress.
As a child, I never understood the appeal of the old black-and-white film It’s a Wonderful Life. My mother would watch it every Christmas season without fail, and invariably it would bring a tear to her eye.
In the 1950s, economist Milton Friedman proposed the use of educational vouchers in public education. Under a voucher program, parents can direct public funds toward the school that best serves their child’s needs, be that public or private.
Oscar Wilde described fox-hunting as “the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.” We can make the same point about Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Saint Louis Rams Football Owner Stan Kroenke, and the Great Riverfront Stadium Hunt.
Under three different CEOs, Wal-Mart has done all kinds of somersaults to appease left-wing critics. In 2005, Lee Scott set goals of “zero waste” and “100 percent” conversion to renewable energy.
For four years I was an elementary school teacher in southwest Missouri. Not to toot my own horn, but I was a pretty good teacher. Students and parents liked me. Several of my colleagues even requested me as their child’s teacher.
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